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v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.

[Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·ten′si·ble (dĭ-stĕn′sə-bəl) adj.
dis·ten′si·bil′i·ty n.
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n. distensibilidad, capacidad de una estructura de ser extendida, dilatada o agrandada en tamaño.
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There is only one report on the effect of Yoga on central arterial stiffness measured by PWV (Duren et al., 2008) that found no differences in carotid artery distensibility , PWV, and PP between Yoga (n = 8) and aerobic (n=8) groups compared to the sedentary (n = 10) group.
"Although we know that the decreased distensibility of the cardiac walls is the cause, the disease cannot be treated properly with today's medicines," Linke added.
The most common presenting symptoms are weight loss and abdominal pain, which is usually epigastric and vague early in the course of the disease.5 Other possible presentations include nausea and early satiety, which may be secondary to mass effect of the tumor or poor distensibility of the stomach resulting from infiltrative disease (linitis plastica).
Of particular interest was the finding that moderate coffee drinkers with hypertension had significantly greater aortic distensibility as measured echocardiographically than did hypertensive subjects who consumed coffee rarely or never.
The b/a ratio has been related to aging and carotid distensibility. Following analysis of the correlation of the b/a, c/a, d/a, and e/a ratios with age, a more complex "aging index" was defined as [(b-c-d-e)/a].
lower aortic pulse wave velocity, lower 2008a pulse pressure, and higher femoral distensibility. Heart: United States, OR for female myocardial infarction was n=4,912; Everett and 1.8, comparing urinary cadmium [greater Frithsen 2008 than or equal to] 0.88 versus < 0.43 [micro]g/g creatinine.
These differences could be explained by the amount of drug actually injected into the subdural space and interpatient variation in the anatomy and distensibility of the space.
Non-invasive measurement of distensibility of the carotid artery has been shown to be closely related to postmortem established atherosclerosis of the carotid artery [4].
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Duration of breast feeding and arterial distensibility in early adult life: population based study.